Dehydrated Camping Food
In this article we look in to the world of dehydrated camping food options available to buy. This ranges from packaged meals, through to snacks that you can also have when out both hiking and camping.
We use the food discovery tool to answer all of the questions below and you can answer your own specific requirements there too.
Dehydrated Food Benefits
The process of creating dehydrated foods is pretty simple, cooked foods basically have their liquid and moisture taken out of them and you rehydrate them before eating with water or other liquids of your choice. This means that the weight of the food you are carrying is much less than that of wet and boil in the bag type meals as you aren't carrying the weight of the water found in most cooked foods.
If you collect water at your camp or during your outdoor activity, you can use this to rehydrate and soak your meals, either hot or cold and you can get a lot of calories for carrying very little weight.
As well as some hints and tips, we will use our ever growing database of camping food to answer specific dehydrated camping food questions.
Please check out the food discovery tool, which is what we use to answer all of the questions you see below and you can use to find and compare all outdoor foods.
Dehydrated Food For Hiking & Backpacking
You can quite easily use any of these dehydrated meals for hiking as well. Most are able to be cold soaked and do not require cooking or boiled water.
As well as hiking, if you are backpacking, bicycle touring or on another adventure, including an ultra marathon, you can use these lightweight meal options to fuel your outdoor adventures.
The Best Dehydrated & Freeze Dried Foods
The best camping food is completely specific to you, your requirements, taste, diet and so forth. Below we have listed a handful of the best foods that may work for you and are one of the best answers to a specific food query.
Growing Database of Dehydrated Camping Food
Our number one job at Outdoor Food Club is to add outdoor foods to the website, including their nutritional information. With all of this data, we can then answer queries to common outdoor food questions.
Below you can see how many freeze dried and dehydrated camping food meals we have on the site right now.
You can also find many other outdoor food and sports food types on the site and the food discovery tool. We add all types and brands of foods daily to the website so that you get better answers for your specific food queries.
Where To Buy Dehydrated Food
There are some fantastic brands out there making great camping food. Our job is to find new exciting outdoor food manufacturers and add them to the site to help you.
If you're looking where to buy dehydrated foods, look no further. This is a growing list of outdoor food brands that manufacture dehydrated and freeze dried foods.
Dehydrated Camping Food With Most Calories
If you're looking for dehydrated food with the most calories, look no further. With this list, we have highlighted the best 10 high calorie dehydrated camping foods.
The list is sorted by those with the most calories per gram, which we work out from the calories per serving and the serving weight, giving us the calories per gram column. This is a very valuable number to use and can let us compare any foods fairly.
This is perfect for ultralighters as you may want to be taking with you foods that weigh very little but give a great calorie return.
If you want to see more choice, head on over to the food discovery tool and sort by calories per gram to compare all camping foods and other outdoor food types.
No Cook Dehydrated Meals
These meals don't need cooking, which means even less gear to carry on your camping and hiking trips. Gas, cozy, wind break, stove, lighter, pot, all soon start to add up and if you know you'll be able to find water on your route, why not give no cook a try?
All of these meals recommend hot and boiling water but are also capable of soaking in cold water. Instead of the 5-15minute time frame for the meal to rehydrate, it may take an hour or even longer.
What you can do though is cold soak your meals whilst you are hiking, well before you eat your lunch or dinner and even overnight. Then open up your pouch and you can dig straight in.
How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last
The short answer is, a couple of years but some can last much much longer, going on multiple years.
In this list, we show you the shelf life of dehydrated camping food, sorted by those with the longest shelf life at the top.
If you are interested in prepping for when SHTF (shit hits the fan), then head on over to the food discovery tool and you can see all camping and packaged meals by how long their shelf life is.
No Added Sugar Dehydrated Food
These dehydrated camping meals have zero added sugar and the only sugar they do have is naturally present.
It's surprising how many camping food manufacturers make dehydrated food with added sugars, it's becoming more apparent how added sugars may be detrimental to health so finding no added sugar dehydrated food could be hard.
That is why we have created this list, so that we can help with finding healthier dehydrated camping and hiking meals.
Water Required For Rehydrating Dehydrated Food
How much water do you need for your dehydrated food? We have the answer right here and the average is 333ml (at the time of writing). This will change as we add more dehydrated food items to the database which will auto populate this table.
If you look at the top and bottom of this table you can see what the average is, so having this on you as a bare minimum should work for most meals.
We have created this table which shows the water required for each dehydrated meal and the average water requirement taken from all dehydrated meals. If you're looking specifically for meals which require small amounts of water, hopefully this can help.
Remember though, some of the meals come as one or two and small and large servings, we have only been able to add one water amount for each food item to the table. Each amount is what is recommended from the dehydrated food manufacturers website.
If you are collecting water whilst in the outdoors that you boil and or filter, then you don't have to worry about how much you take with you. This will really help with limiting how much water you need to carry on your outdoor adventures and means that the water or liquids you carry on your are purely consumed for drinking.
We hope this water needed for rehydrating meals cheat table is helpful to you as we found it hard to find all of the specific amounts for all the meals we've added to the site.